Property lines or boundaries define points where a property owner’s land ends and where the neighboring property begins. Knowing these details about your land can become handy when legal disputes arise. Performing a boundary survey before you even purchase a land or property is also beneficial to avoid such types of legal disputes in the first place. Additionally, knowledge of your boundary lines can help you determine where you can legally place desired features you may want to add to your property. Erecting structures, like a fence beyond the legal extent of your property may trigger unpleasant disputes and lawsuits with your neighbors.
There are many different ways by which you can determine the legal boundaries of your property. Most municipalities have official assessor’s offices that you can visit. Some even make their records available online so property owners can have easy access to the information they need. Your property deed should also contain a description of the official measurement and boundaries of your land in words. With this information, it is easy to measure your actual property boundary based on the landmarks that are described in your deed. A physical measurement of your property’s boundaries will help you visually determine where the actual boundaries are, so you can avoid encroaching neighboring lands.
While visiting your city assessor office and relying on your property’s deed are both good ways to determine the legal boundaries of your property. The best and most accurate way to do this is by hiring a professional surveyor who has the proper tools and skills to ensure the accuracy of such data. Professional surveyors can map and measure actual property lines based on what is stated on the deed as well as the city assessor’s records and other important documents that verify their accuracy and legitimacy.